Formal Intersections between Narrative Fiction and Other Media
Lublin Studies in Modern Languages and Literature
Vol. 44, no. 2 (2020)
Call for papers
Special issue: “Formal Intersections between Narrative Fiction and Other Media”
Guest edited by
Grzegorz Maziarczyk and Wojciech Drąg
The new millennium has seen a resurgence of literary narratives which combine a variety of semiotic modes, such as “image, writing, layout, gesture, speech, moving image, soundtrack and 3D objects” (Kress, Multimodality 79). Some of them situate themselves in the tradition of postmodernist experimentation (represented by such authors as B.S. Johnson, William H. Gass and Raymond Federman), while others aspire to break out of the avant-garde niche and reach a wider audience. As demonstrated by the examples of Douglas Coupland’s Generation X, Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, multimodal novels are capable of gaining the status of bestsellers. They have succeeded in appealing to a broader audience because most readers are used to the multimedia environment of print, film, computer etc. By drawing on readers’ experiences with other media, contemporary fiction is becoming increasingly hybrid. It has productively engaged with the computer (digital/electronic literature), videogames (interactive fiction), touchscreen devices (Reif Larsen’s Entrances and Exits), photography (works by W.G. Sebald and Steve Tomasula), painting (Tom Phillips’s A Humument) and sculpture (Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes). A synthesis of text, image, sound and video, Tomasula’s TOC: A New-Media Novel may be a harbinger of how fiction will evolve in the decades to come.
We invite original articles examining various aspects of the formal interaction between narrative fiction and one or several other media, including collage/montage, illustrated and tactile works, altered books, card-shuffle novels, electronic fiction, fragmentary writing and other kinds of formal experimentation. We also welcome articles that interrogate the ways in which literary devices and conventions are incorporated/transformed/subverted in other media. We are particularly interested in analyses of Anglophone works published in the second half of the twentieth century and post-2000. The articles should be 25-30,000 signs (with spaces) in length and should follow the house style of Lublin Studies in Modern Languages and Literature as set out in the guidelines for the authors (https://journals.umcs.pl/lsmll/about/submissions#authorGuidelines).